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DYK: What is a General Conference?

United Methodists have heard the phrase General Conference tossed about frequently these days. A General Conference is a representative gathering of laity and clergy who come together to set church laws, processes, budgets, elect committee members, consider resolutions on social issues, hear reports, and frame the work of the denomination for the coming four years. 

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Stronger Together: Young people are the ‘today’ of the church

When I was 22 years old, I was elected to be the President of the Youth and Young Adult Federation of the Methodist Church (for people 18 to 30 years old) in Chile. The Bible verse I used in most of my reports was 1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (NRSVUE). The phrase that I also shared was “young people are the ‘today’ of the church.” 

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Simple Acts of Love shared from Christ UMC

In a world often marked by division and uncertainty, even the smallest acts of kindness can bring light and hope. During this past Lenten season, Christ United Methodist Church of Rockford set out to touch their community with simple acts of love.  

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Hope UMC re-dedicates historic building

Hope United Methodist Church’s century-old building in Chadwick housed life-changing ministry over the years, so the church devoted April 7 to remembering its role in the community and rededicating it. The re-celebration brought together family members of those who celebrated in the initial dedication service of 1924 with many who have contributed to the life of Hope through the years.

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In Sympathy: Irvine F. Huber

Rev. Irvine F. Huber, a retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2024.

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In Sympathy: Walter "Slim" Coleman

Rev. Walter “Slim” Coleman, a retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

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